Edna Garrett was potrayed by Charlotte Rae in The Facts of Life. She was introduced to Eastland Academy in the Diff'rent Strokes episode The Girls' School. She was on the show for several years before she quit. Her first apperance was in the episode Rough Housing, which was the very first Facts of Life episode. Mrs. Garrett had been the housekeeper for the Drummond family in Diff'rent Strokes before appearing on The Facts of Life.
Rae was the "head" of Eastland school until 1986, when she quit playing Mrs. Garrett. Mrs. Garrett slept in a room alone at Eastland. She later founded Edna's Edibles, but then it caught fire several years after opening. She later founded along with the girls a t-shirt store called Over Our Heads.
In 1986, Rae was "replaced" by Beverly Ann Stickle, who was potrayed by Cloris Leachman. Rae also starred in many Facts of Life movies, inculding The Facts of Life Goes to Paris. Rae was also in the 2001 movie The Facts of Life Reunion, playing Mrs. Garrett as well.
Nowadays, Rae is 87 years old. She was married, but she divorced. She also was in 101 Dalmatians: The Series for 43 episodes, and also on Pretty Little Liars. Teresa Blair